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The Heart Truth Ambassador
The Heart Truth Ambassador

Image of Laura Bush, Founding Heart Truth Campaign Ambassador Image of Former President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush

Mrs. Laura Bush served as the ambassador for The Heart Truth® program for 6 years. During this time, as part of her Women's Health and Wellness Initiative, Mrs. Bush led the Federal government's effort to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease. She continues to support The Heart Truth by serving as its Founding Ambassador.

"With the many risk factors for heart disease, our greatest risk is ignorance. So I encourage every one of you to go home, pull out your favorite red dress, and tell every woman you know that heart disease doesn't care what you wear." —Mrs. Laura Bush

Mrs. Bush noted that "Like many women, I assumed heart disease was a man's disease and cancer was what we would fear the most. Yet heart disease kills more women in our country than all forms of cancer combined. When it comes to heart disease, education, prevention, and even a little red dress can save lives."

A signature element of Mrs. Bush's involvement with The Heart Truth was talking to women across the country at community hospital events featuring the experiences of women living with heart disease. This personal outreach made a difference. Media coverage surrounding Mrs. Bush's visit to a Heart Truth hospital event in Kansas City, MO, was widely credited with saving the life of one woman who was prompted to go to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

Image of Laura Bush, Founding Heart Truth Campaign Ambassador with Oscar de la Renta.

Countless others have learned The Heart Truth through Mrs. Bush's numerous media interviews, including feature stories in Glamour, The New York Times, Parade, People, The Washington Post, Woman's Day, and appearances on all the major network morning shows. She also participated in the unveiling of The Heart Truth's First Ladies Red Dress Collection, which debuted in a special exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2005. See photography of Mrs. Bush as the Heart Truth's ambassador.

Heart Truth Events

June 8 – Celebrating Women's Health Luncheon hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health (Dallas, TX)

February 1 – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (New York, New York)
February 11 – White House Reception honoring The Heart Truth (Washington, DC)

February 1Woman's Day Red Dress Awards (New York, NY)
February 2 – Women and Heart Disease Roundtable Conversation (New York, NY)
and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (New York, NY)
February 28 – First Ladies Red Dress Collection at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)
May 14 – Women and Heart Disease Roundtable Conversation at the George Washington University Hospital (Washington, DC)
September 24 – Global Health and Literacy Luncheon (New York, NY)

February 15 – Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC)
February 17 – Sister to Sister National Women's Heart Day (Washington, DC)

February 4 – Olympus Fashion Week (New York, NY)
May 12 – First Ladies Red Dress Collection at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)

February 2 – The White House (Washington, DC)
February 4 – St. Joseph's Hospital (Savannah, GA)
February 4 – Baptist Hospital (Miami, FL)
February 9 – Olympus Fashion Week (New York, NY)
March 8 – American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session (New Orleans, LA)
March 23The Heart Truth Road Show (Chicago, IL)
July 15 – St. Vincent's Medical Center (Jacksonville, FL)

February 14 – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (New York, NY)
September 16 – St. Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, MO)
November 6 – Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Norfolk, VA)

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Last Updated: July 8, 2014

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